hu airspace guideline
Overview: Huntington University's wireless network allows access to all computing
facilities from mobile or portable computer user. Potential problems
can result when other devices use the same radio frequency. Wireless
users must have a clear understanding of technologies that are permitted or
banned from our wireless environment.
Applies to: This guideline applies to all campus affiliates. This includes
students, faculty and staff members as well as guest users.
Purpose of the Guideline:This guideline was established to ensure that the Huntington University
community has a clear understanding of proper procedure and usage.
Technology Services reserves the right to modify this guideline as
Definition / Clarification: Wireless LAN Specifications: The Huntington University network uses the
FCC unlicensed 2.4 GHz Industrial/Scientific/ Medical (ISM) band.
Wireless transmissions within that band conform to the IEEE 802.11 DSSS
(Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum) wireless LAN specification. Certain
other "wireless" devices exist in the market place that also employ the same
2.4 GHz frequency band and can cause interference to users of the Huntington
University Wireless service. These devices include, but are not
limited to other IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN devices, such as: wireless
bridges, wireless routers, wireless access points, cordless telephones,
cameras, and audio speakers.
Guideline Statement: In order to assure the highest level of service to the users of the
Huntington University network, Technology Services needs help from all
members of the campus community to minimize the potential interference from
non authorized 2.4 GHz devices. Technology Services requests that
use of all other 2.4 GHz devices be discontinued in university-owned
buildings. In cases where the device is being used for a specific
teaching or research application, Technology Services will work with faculty
to determine whether there are circumstances under which use of the device
may still be accommodated without causing interference to Huntington
This ban INCLUDES any wireless equipped
Macintosh configured to act as an Airport Software Base Station. Apple
AirPort Base Stations may be used by off campus DSL and cable modem users.
AirPort: AirPort is a family of products from Apple Computer, Inc. that
offers wireless networking capabilities for Macintosh computers.
It includes two hardware products along with the software necessary to
Apple Airport Card: A wireless
Ethernet card that allows your AirPort-capable Macintosh to communicate
with other wireless equipped computers and base stations via radio
waves, at distances of up to 150 feet. The use of properly
configured Apple AirPort Cards is permitted on campus as well as
other wireless cards that meet the IEEE standard.
Apple AirPort Base Station/AirPort
Extreme Base Station: A device that plugs into an existing "wired"
connection and allows computers with wireless cards to access the wired
network, share music and printing . The use of any
Apple AirPort Base Station is NOT ALLOWED.
The ban of end user wireless
access points prevents interference with the Huntington University Wireless
Network, which has been carefully implemented for the best coverage and
performance. Any 'new' or 'unknown' access points can greatly
interfere with wireless users around you.
If you think you have an existing system
that may use 2.4 GHz radios for transmission or you are planning to purchase
a wireless system and you are uncertain if it employs 2.4 GHz radios, please
contact the Help Center (contact information included below) to determine if
such devices will cause interference to the Huntington University system.
User Responsibilities and
Procedures: Users are responsible for adhering to the Airspace Guidelines.
Technology Services requests that all affiliates refrain from using all 2.4
GHz devices in university-owned buildings. In cases where the device
is being used for a specific teaching or research application, Technology
Services will work with faculty to determine whether there are circumstances
under which use of the device may still be accommodated without causing
interference to Huntington University network and its users.
If faculty has a need to use one of these
devices for instruction, they should contact Technology Services Help Center
(contact information included below) to discuss an arrangement.